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2006 Toyota Camry Press Kit

  1. NEW CAMRY PRESENTS PRESTIGE
  2. TOYOTA LAUNCHES NEW CAMRY RANGE
  3. CAMRY RANGE HAS SIX MODEL VARIANTS
  4. MEDIUM MARKET IS NEW BATTLEGROUND
  5. FLEET SAVINGS HIT $500,000 OVER THREE YEARS
  6. GRANDE AND SPORTIVO ARE NEW CAMRY LEADERS
  7. BIG CAMRY INCREASE IN MIDDLE EAST
  8. CAMRY FOUR DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN SALES
  9. CAMRY NOW EVEN BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY
  10. WEB TRACKING SERVICE FOR TOYOTA CUSTOMERS
  11. GLOBAL MANUFACTURING FOR CAMRY
  12. TOYOTA INVESTS IN LOCAL MANUFACTURING
  13. CAMRY DESIGN COMBINES VIBRANT CLARITY WITH EURO LOOK
  14. ADVANCED PACKAGING CREATES ROOMIER CAMRY
  15. ACCESSORIES COMPLEMENT STYLISH NEW CAMRY
  16. CAMRY HAS NEW CHASSIS PACKAGE
  17. AUSTRALIAN SUSPENSION PART OF GLOBAL CAMRY PICTURE
  18. SPORTIVO HAS UNIQUE SUSPENSION CALIBRATION
  19. CAMRY HAS LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH-STRENGTH BODY
  20. CAMRY USES GLOBAL UNDERBODY
  21. CAMRY HAS LARGE FOOTPRINT
  22. CAMRY HAS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE
  23. FIVE-SPEED AUTO FOR CAMRY
  24. VVT-i GIVES CAMRY ADDED FLEXIBILITY
  25. CAMRY HAS INCREASED ACTIVE SAFETY
  26. CAMRY HAS ADDED PASSIVE SAFETY
  27. CAMRY EMPLOYS FORMULA ONE AERO TECHNOLOGY
  28. CAMRY GRANDE HAS VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL AND TRACTION CONTROL
  29. CAMRY GRANDE HAS AUTOMATIC RAIN-SENSING WINDSCREEN WIPERS
  30. CAMRY IS NOW QUIETER INSIDE
  31. CAMRY AUDIO HAS PSYCHOACOUSTICS
  32. SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES

NEW CAMRY PRESENTS PRESTIGE


Australia’s most popular medium car, the Toyota Camry, has been launched in a new version – with an all-new chassis and styling.

It is being promoted by Toyota as a prestigious vehicle – equal or superior to many of its imported competitors.

A high-tech luxury Grande model is included into the range for the first time as a direct competitor to imported brands in this growing segment of the medium market.

Toyota Camry will be available exclusively as a four-cylinder model in keeping with new market demand.

Australian-made Camry is part of a global launch of the new car which is expected to result in more than 750,000 being manufactured a year in six plants around the world before the end of 2007.

The Australian suspension calibration is shared in several other countries, including the Middle East, New Zealand and, in sports mode, the USA.

Camry Sportivo, which has an Australian-styled aero body kit, has been the platform for the launch of a sports-enhanced model in the USA.

New Camry has been purpose-built to meet growing demand for a stylish, well-sized vehicle that combines good performance and fuel economy.

Camry will be the beneficiary of growing demand, as customers look for lower running costs and sophistication.

Its twin-cam multi-valve VVT-i 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine now develops 117kW mated to an intelligent new five-speed automatic transmission with uphill/downhill shift control and gated shift.

Completely new external and interior styling provides a far greater feeling of spaciousness and comfort without overtly increasing external dimensions.

“Camry has taken a quantum leap in desirability,” Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said.

“The level of styling for global markets and the quality of its appointments and fit-out make Camry a direct competitor to medium imports and a serious alternative to locally made large cars.

“In the USA, Camry is the number one-selling passenger vehicle and it is regarded as being highly prestigious.

“New Camry in Australia takes the same step into the prestige market.

“It is now far more than a value-for-money entrant in the medium car market.

“It is a proud Australian-made export-quality vehicle – perhaps the new flagship of the Australian motor industry.

“It is the right car for the right time, built to world’s best standards.

“It is a vehicle that owners will be proud to drive.

“Camry’s reputation among its customers has always been strong.

“This model is set to further grow a strongly positive reputation in the community – and for good reason.”

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TOYOTA LAUNCHES NEW CAMRY RANGE


The new four-model Camry range is the first built-in-Australia Camry to offer a five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, side curtain-shield airbags, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).

Camry’s underbody and suspension calibration are all new.

The new Camry range is exclusively four-cylinder and is the only built-in-Australia four-cylinder passenger car.

The new Camry range for the first time in Australia includes a Grande (luxury) equipment grade.

The four model grades are Altise, Ateva, Sportivo and Grande. All are well specified and feature technology new to Camry.

Grande for the first time in an Australian Camry model has VSC, TRC and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

Advanced packaging increases Camry’s interior space within an exterior length of 4815mm, only 10mm longer than the superseded model.

Camry’s wheelbase and track have been increased, providing more interior space and giving the vehicle a larger footprint on the road.

The more spacious interior design complements Camry’s new ‘open and airy’ interior styling theme.

An all-new exterior design has reduced Camry’s coefficient of drag to just 0.28.

Camry’s performance and driveability have been improved, with no penalty in fuel economy compared with the current model, while delivering increased structural rigidity, increased active and passive safety features, improved comfort, lower interior noise levels and lower CO2 emissions.

It has fuel economy of 8.9litres/100km for the manual model and 9.9 litres/100km for the automatic*.

On Altise and Sportivo grades, Camry’s 2.4-litre engine can be matched to a five-speed manual transmission or a new electronically controlled intelligent five-speed automatic transmission.

On the Ateva and Grande grades, the new electronically controlled five-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment.

*Fuel consumption will vary, depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories.

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CAMRY RANGE HAS SIX MODEL VARIANTS


Toyota's new Camry range consists of four models, including for the first time a four-cylinder luxury-grade version.


The new four-cylinder range has two transmissions and four equipment grades.


The grades in ascending order of equipment level are: Altise, Ateva, Sportivo and Grande.


Altise and Sportivo have the choice of five-speed manual or intelligent five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission (ECT).


Ateva and Grande have the intelligent five-speed automatic ECT exclusively.


All Camry models have a 117kW 2.4-litre engine with VVT-i, dual SRS airbags, ABS with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) - known as ABi or Active Braking with intelligence.


They also have factory-fitted air conditioning with pollen filter, telescopic as well as tilt steering adjustment, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, map lamps, impact-sensing fuel cut-off, cruise control, power windows and mirrors, remote central locking, security alarm, power lumbar support adjustment for the driver's seat, auto headlamps on and MP3/WMA audio capability.


These features are standard equipment in Altise grade, as well as 16-inch diameter steel wheels, four-speaker audio system with CD/tuner and lockable 60/40 split rear-seat back with remote release from the boot.


Altise options include 16-inch alloy wheels and rear lip spoiler, enhanced safety pack consisting of front-seat side and full-length side curtain-shield airbags (making a total of six airbags), and metallic paint.


Ateva standard features over Altise include:


  • shift position indicator in the combination meter as standard equipment
  • front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain-shield airbags
  • dual-zone auto air conditioning with external temperature reading
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • front foglamps
  • six-speaker audio system with six-CD in-dash multi-changer
  • eight-way power-adjustable driver and six-way power-adjustable front-
  • passenger seats (including lumbar support)
  • rear-seat centre armrest with two cup holders
  • multi-function trip computer
  • leather-bound steering wheel with audio and trip-computer controls
  • leather accented gear-shift lever, leather parking brake lever
  • chrome pack consisting of radiator grille surround and inside door handles
  • body-coloured mudflaps


Sportivo standard features over Altise include:


  • sports suspension
  • sports headlamps
  • additional body bracing
  • sports radiator grille
  • front foglamps
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Vivacy sports tyres
  • front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain shield airbags
  • rear access hatch to boot (in lieu of 60/40 split)
  • aero kit (front bumper/spoiler, side skirts, rear skirt, rear boot lip spoiler)
  • chrome exhaust diffuser
  • sports front seats with power adjustment including eight-way power-adjustable driver and six-way power-adjustable front-passenger seats (including lumbar support)
  • black sports seat trim
  • multi-function trip computer
  • leather-bound steering wheel with audio and trip computer controls
  • leather accented gear shift and parking brake levers
  • rear-seat centre armrest with two cup holders
  • rear-seat centre head restraint
  • analogue sports instrument cluster
  • six-speaker audio with six-CD in-dash multi-changer
  • external temperature reading
  • shift position indicator in instrument cluster (with auto transmission)
  • alloy sports pedals
  • Sportivo metallic front-door scuff plates
  • metallic paint


Options include leather accented seat trim, moonroof, rear personal lamps and lamps for the vanity mirrors.



    Grande standard features over Ateva include:
  • leather accented seat and door trim
  • Vehicle Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • AVN navigation with Bluetooth®
  • steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth controls
  • rain-sensing windscreen wipers
  • moonroof
  • personal rear lamps
  • power rear sunshade
  • chrome exterior door handles and exhaust diffuser
  • woodgrain finish on door switch plates and upper console
  • metallic paint


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MEDIUM MARKET IS NEW BATTLEGROUND


Toyota Camry has been launched into a medium-car segment that has become the battleground for private buyers.


According to Toyota, more medium cars than large cars are now sold to strictly private buyers.


To 30 June this year, private sales of medium cars are running 28.7 per cent ahead of private sales of large cars.


The turnaround occurred in 2005.


In 2004, large private sales totalled 43,776 compared with 35,673 medium cars.


Last year large car private sales slipped to 34,129, and medium private sales soared to 42,332.


The increase in private demand for medium cars was more than matched by changes in government buying policy.


Government demand for four-cylinder cars rose 39.8 per cent in 2005.


Registration figures point to a renaissance in the prestige fleet market.


The advent of user-choosers in the fleet market has resulted in far more demand for medium prestige business vehicles, at the expense of the traditional long-wheelbase large six- and eight-cylinder cars that were once at the pinnacle of fleet users’ aspirations.


In the past six years, sales of the two locally manufactured long-wheelbase models have diminished 49 per cent for one model and 34 per cent for the other.


“The beneficiaries have been vehicles in the prestige and sub-prestige markets – most of them imports,” Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said.


“In the same six-year period, demand for prestige vehicles has increased better than 37 per cent.”


Camry would be targeted at both fleet and private users and to the crossover that now occurs between them.


“Fuel economy is part of the story but it is by no means the entire reason for the change in buyer preference,” Mr Buttner said.


“Purchasing patterns are fast changing and people are becoming far more discerning in their choice.


“Vehicles like Camry have traditionally suited baby boomers and retirees who have wanted the size of the cars they’ve stepped out of, but with greater economy and arguably greater longevity.


“These buyers are now more astute and increasingly recognise the quality and value of craftsmanship as offered on the new Camry.


“The range of sophisticated choice now on offer has changed the face of the automotive market.


“Camry has been styled and built to appeal not only to its traditional buyers but also to meet the values of a new breed of customers.”


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FLEET SAVINGS HIT $500,000 OVER THREE YEARS


A fleet running 100 four-cylinder vehicles could save more than $500,000 over a three-year cycle by switching from a traditional large six-cylinder fleet, an independent survey shows.


NRMA’s online business motoring modelling compared a previous-generation Camry Altise to a similarly specified Australian large six-cylinder car.


The difference in weekly total operational cost was $33.75.


Annual savings per vehicle were $1755, and for the fleet a total of $526,500 over a three-year model cycle.


“The figures, while actual, are also hypothetical but the rationale is influencing purchasing decisions,” Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said.


“The cost of fuel alone is having a real effect on middle Australia and business is anything but immune from the consideration.”


Annualised sales figures for the first half of 2006 reveal a rise of more than seven per cent in business purchases of medium-sized vehicles like Camry.


“The change has been sudden,” Mr Buttner said.


“It is likely to continue as more fleets near the end of their vehicle cycles.”


The rise in demand in the medium luxury segment has been outstanding.


Private demand is likely to be up 12.8 per cent this year and business demand is expected to increase 18 per cent.


The lines between prestige and sub-prestige are increasingly blurred in the medium segment.


Buyers, both private and user-choosers, are increasingly shopping top-of-the-range medium cars against prestige imports like Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Lexus.


“The rationale is that resale value in these vehicles remains high and that consumable costs are to a degree negated by economy of operation,” Mr Buttner said.


“The compelling case for change is being driven by the widest possible choice in Australia’s open market.”


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GRANDE AND SPORTIVO ARE NEW CAMRY LEADERS


Two highly specified Camry models - Grande and Sportivo - are expected to account for more than a quarter of all demand.


The two models will contribute greatly to enhancing perception of the Camry range.


Style clinics involving more than 900 potential clients have confirmed enthusiasm for the vehicle's new styling and for its range mix.


Grande has been introduced into the Camry range in response to customer demand for a contemporary four-cylinder alternative to traditional long-wheelbase luxury six-cylinder vehicles.


Australian-developed Sportivo has been a great success since its introduction in 2002.


It has accounted for up to 25 per cent of the Camry model mix with an average of 16 per cent.


Toyota has adopted a classic Y strategy for the presentation and marketing of its new Camry range.


Entry-level Altise is at its base.


Altise introduces the improved 2.4-litre VVT-i engine with an additional five kilowatts and the new electronic five-speed intelligent automatic gearbox.


It is also fitted for the first time with ABS anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) - collectively known as Active Braking with intelligence (ABi) - and new projector headlamps.


The luxury arm of the Y then branches upwards to Camry Ateva with significantly greater specification.


Ateva features include dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a power seat pack, side and curtain airbags, trip computer and 16-inch alloy wheels.


New Grande is above Ateva with all its features plus leather accented seat trim, Bluetooth enabled satellite navigation, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), rain-sensing automatic wipers, moonroof, a power rear window sun shade and woodgrain look trim.


Sportivo is on the sports branch of the Y.


It builds on Altise specification with features that include different sports suspension, additional underbody aerodynamic enhancements, sports seats and interior trim, a body kit and unique 17-inch alloy wheels with Michelin sports tyres.


Sportivo is also fitted with side and curtain airbags, and a seat power pack.


Altise and Sportivo are each offered with five-speed manual transmission as well as the new electronic five-speed automatic with gated shift and uphill/downhill shift control.


About a quarter of all Sportivos are expected to be ordered in manual.


~Camry Grande is an answer to the high-grade models of its direct competitors,~ Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said.


~Grande is far more than an image enhancer.


~It is a vehicle capable of providing a value-for-money luxury alternative with some real class-leading advantages - among them probably the most spacious interior and perhaps the largest boot in class.~


Toyota has set new records in researching the development of the new Camry range.


It had established a dealer consultative committee more than 18 months before launch and had worked with more than 1000 clients, including clinics, to gauge the level of appointment necessary for the Australian market.


~New Camry meets the traditional requirements of its market - quality, dependability and reliability,~ Mr Buttner said.


~It also goes a great step forward to achieving the styling and specification enhancements necessary to be truly competitive with prestige imports.~


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BIG CAMRY INCREASE IN MIDDLE EAST


New Camry to the Middle East will be the backbone of Toyota Australia’s total export program which is planned to reach almost 80,000 in 2006 with further strong growth in 2007.

This year marked the 10th anniversary of Toyota Australia's highly successful Camry export program to the six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

GCC members took delivery of 61,984 Australian-made Camrys last year, of which 90 per cent were four-cylinder models.

At the end of June 2006, Toyota Australia has shipped more than 450,000 Camrys to the GCC.

~The new Camry is much awaited in the Middle East,~ Toyota Australia divisional manager export Scott Grant said.

Toyota Australia's export division has been working closely with its GCC customers in preparation for the 1 September launch of new Camry in the region.

GCC distributor groups participated in confirmation testing of the new vehicle at Alice Springs, and engineers have visited Toyota's Altona factory for familiarisation.

New Camry will use Australian-specification suspension for the GCC markets – a tribute to the handling and suppleness of the Australian suspension system.

~In the past the Middle East has specified a softer suspension, more in line with the USA, to take advantage of its long, open highways,~ Mr Grant said.

~The new Australian specification delivers even better handling and a marked improvement also in controlled ride and stability. Our GCC customers have willingly embraced it.

~We are projecting 75,500 total deliveries into the GCC in 2006, with a sharp ramping-up in 2007.~

The launch of current-generation Camry represented a turning point for the GCC markets.

Toyota Australia delivered 7908 cars to the GCC in its first year in 1996. Demand has increased by almost 800 per cent since then.

~Camry is a prestige car in the Middle East. Every market has its own characteristics,” Mr Grant said.

~The largest market is Saudi Arabia and Camry is loved by the youth market. It is a mark of prestige for young people to own and drive a Camry.

~The Ministry for the Interior has determined that our four-cylinder engine is more than strong enough for the conditions.~

Camry has become one of the region's most popular taxis.

Dubai Transport Corporation (DTC) has now taken delivery of more than 9500
Australian-made Camrys for taxi use.

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CAMRY FOUR DOMINATES AUSTRALIAN SALES


Toyota expects to sell its 500,000th Australian-made four-cylinder Camry on the domestic market in 2007.


Camry four has been the country’s dominant medium passenger motor vehicle virtually from the time it was first built in Melbourne in 1987.


It has averaged 23,500 sales a year since 1991.


Camry four has been number one in the medium market for the past 12 years and has on occasions held a share of the segment which was greater than 40 per cent.


Camry four’s cumulative local-build volume to the end of June 2006 was 473,445.


The launch of the sixth-generation Camry will position it exclusively as a four-cylinder vehicle.


Locally made V6 Camry, introduced with the launch of the so-called wide-body Camry in 1992, will be discontinued.


Toyota has delivered 160,796 locally made V6 Camrys into the domestic market (to the end of June 2006) for a total locally made Camry delivery of 634,241.


A further 17,145 Camry V6s were imported into Australia from 1983 until 1992, bringing total Camry volume in Australia to 651,386.


Toyota globally last year achieved the production of the 10 millionth Camry since the vehicle was first introduced into the domestic Japanese market in 1980.


Camry, like Corolla, has spearheaded Toyota’s thrust to manufacture cars around the world.


Camry production in Japan at the end of 2005 totalled 3.7 million.


In other countries, Camry production has reached at least 6.3 million.


Toyota now has five factories throughout the world dedicated to building Camry. A sixth, in China, is due to come online this year.


Toyota announced earlier this year it had come to an arrangement with Fuji Heavy Industries in the USA to supplement its North American Camry production in Kentucky.


It will invest more than $US230 million to install Camry tooling on the existing line in time for start-up of production in 2007.


The additional plant will give Toyota an annual production capacity in the USA of two million vehicles.


Demand for Camry in the USA has never been greater, placing it as the country’s number one-selling passenger car.


The launch of the new model in April helped Toyota establish all-time monthly sales records in that month – and again in May and June.


The all-time record of 195,286 cars and commercial vehicles set in April was lifted to 205,709 in May.


Last month, Toyota US had its best-ever June with sales of 195,332 vehicles.


The new Camry has exceeded 40,000 sales in each of these months.


Australia is prominent in Toyota’s policy of global manufacture.


The USA is the largest manufacturer of Camry in the world with 2005 production reaching 356,499 vehicles.


Surprisingly, Toyota Australia is second largest – ahead of Japan.


Camry production last year at Toyota’s Altona plant was 107,070.


In Japan, Camry manufacture was 64,877, principally for domestic supply.


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CAMRY NOW EVEN BETTER VALUE FOR MONEY


Toyota has significantly increased value for money across the new Camry range with prices rising as little as $100.


Every model grade receives more features and technology as well as new styling, greater interior space, a larger footprint and a more powerful engine.


New Camry prices range from $28,000* for the Camry Altise manual and $29,500* for the intelligent five-speed electronic auto to $39,900* for the new auto-only luxury Grande.


Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner, said the improvements and sharp pricing would raise the image of the Camry brand.


“With the new Camry, we’re bringing a great car to market at the right time – and at the right price,” Mr Buttner said.


“We’ve improved the specification across the range, significantly lifting the value at each step.


“We’ve more strategically aligned each grade with its direct competitors and to exploit the changing market.


“Any customer thinking about downsizing from a large six-cylinder sedan will get amazing value, both in purchase price and whole-of-life cost.”


New Camry Altise prices have risen $350 or just over one per cent even though the model grade now includes more than $1700 of additional specification.


“Altise – with its enhanced specification and exceptional value for money – is the perfect car for the young family or the older, more traditional Camry buyer,” Mr Buttner said.


New Ateva has an even better value equation, being repositioned with more than $2300 of additional specification.


Its price increases just $100 or 0.3 per cent to $33,000* with the five-speed auto – a price advantage of more than $900 against its main rival.


“Ateva offers a sensational combination of comfort and value – and we’re ready to hit our competitors with this model in the user-chooser market,” Mr Buttner said.


“We expect Ateva to be the key beneficiary of the elevated brand positioning created by the new range.


“Ateva is the economic alternative to the traditional large sixes and it’s keenly specced against its key Japanese competitor.”


The Australian-engineered Sportivo is priced at $33,000* for the manual and $34,500* for the intelligent five-speed auto.


New Sportivo takes full advantage of the longer wheelbase, underbody aerodynamics and the sporty new styling to deliver great driving performance.


“Sportivo is aimed fairly and squarely at a younger, outdoors-oriented buyer who wants the sports suspension, aspirational appeal and real driveway envy,” Mr Buttner said.


“This car is living proof we can sell Camry on style and emotion. Since we introduced this variant, it has attracted dramatically different customers to the Camry brand.”


Like all Camry models, the flagship Grande at $39,900* has significant feature advantages over its main rival.


“The new Grande is going to elevate the Camry brand with its high-tech yet restrained luxury,” Mr Buttner said.


“It will set a new standard in luxury refinement in the medium-car segment, tackling the luxury models offered by our competitors by setting a new benchmark in style and sophistication.”

New-generation Toyota Camry pricing




















































Grade

RRP*

Previous RRP*

Change

Change

Altise manual

$28,000

$27,650

$350

1.3%

Altise auto

$29,500

$29,150

$350

1.2%

Ateva

$33,000

$32,900

$100

0.3%

Sportivo manual

$33,000

$31,650

$1350

4.3%

Sportivo auto

$34,500

$32,650

$1850

5.7%

Grande

$39,900

New variant

n/a

n/a



 


New-generation Toyota Camry options





































Grade

Option pack

Price

Altise

Alloy wheels, rear spoiler

$850

 

Enhanced safety pack (ESP) – front side airbags and front/rear curtain airbags

$750

Ateva

Moonroof

$1650

Sportivo

Leather trim

$1500

 

Moonroof

$1650

Altise
Ateva

Metallic paint (standard on Grande and Sportivo)

$300


 


*All prices are recommended retail and exclude dealer delivery, government and statutory charges, and optional extras.



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WEB TRACKING SERVICE FOR TOYOTA CUSTOMERS


The launch of the new Camry marks the introduction by Toyota of an Australian first in the automotive industry – an online system for customers to track the production and delivery progress of their vehicle.


Customer Order Web Tracking allows all Toyota customers to get instant updates on the status of their order, whether the vehicle is imported or manufactured locally.


The system covers six stages of a vehicle's progress:


  • On order
  • Scheduled for production
  • In transit to Australia (imports only)
  • Ready for transport to dealer
  • In transit to dealer
  • At dealership – being prepared for pick-up


It also informs customers of any change to the estimated date they can collect their vehicle from the dealership.


Toyota's Customer First divisional manager, Robert Gooch, said the system is particularly useful where delivery is expected to take more than a couple of weeks.


~Online access through Customer Order Web Tracking will increase customer satisfaction because the transparency of the system means there are no doubts about the delivery date,~ Mr Gooch said.


~Customers can see exactly where their vehicle is, from the time they place the order to the day their vehicle is ready for collection.


~We believe this initiative will be appreciated by many customers, for example when there is a waiting list for a popular vehicle or when a customer requires a combination of features that are not available on vehicles in stock.


~The information in Customer Order Web Tracking comes directly from Toyota, which means customers will no longer have to ring the dealer to get an update.~


Mr Gooch said a trial involving more than 200 customers had enabled the company to refine the system.


~We received strongly positive feedback with most customers logging onto the system about seven times to check on the status of their order,~ he said.


~Customers felt more involved in the process with a substantial number saying the availability of the system influenced their decision to purchase a vehicle.


~One customer even said he felt like an expectant father!~


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GLOBAL MANUFACTURING FOR CAMRY


The sixth-generation Toyota Camry is a true global car, having had simultaneous design and engineering input from the six countries that are manufacturing the car worldwide.


Toyota Australia has invested $450 million in plant upgrades and development of the new Camry and the forthcoming Aurion V6.


Australian development and production engineers worked alongside Toyota colleagues from the United States, Japan, Thailand, China and Taiwan from the initial concept stage through to production.


The Toyota affiliates manufacturing Camry are:


  • Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc (TEMA)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Ltd (TMCA)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Tsutsumi Plant, Japan
  • Toyota Motor Thailand Co Ltd (TMT)
  • Guangzhou Toyota Motor Co Ltd (China)
  • Kuozui Motors Ltd (Taiwan)


Involving all six manufacturing facilities ensured that even minor assembly issues for any of the plants were addressed at the earliest stages of design and development.


This has enhanced overall build quality for Camry and avoided often difficult and time-consuming re-engineering work to adapt it for individual production lines.


Camry is one of the first international-market Toyota vehicles to benefit from this level of simultaneous engineering.


The company trialled the revolutionary process on a Japanese domestic model last year and, to a lesser extent, on the latest Toyota HiLux.


Local and overseas suppliers were also involved in the process, providing design and production input in their specialist fields to ensure efficient production and best quality.


Toyota created a virtual production line to enable the Camry to be assembled on computer in order to reveal potential production problems well before trial builds were conducted.


Production line workers from all six plants took part in these virtual builds to ensure that there were no assembly problems for any of the sites.


The first actual Global Goshi (trial build) assembly trials to fully test the design were conducted in June 2005 at Toyota's new Global Production Centre in Japan.


The first Australian Goshi trial was conducted on the Altona assembly line on 18 January 2006.


Toyota Australia's $450 million investment includes installation of a new, more efficient Global Body Line that enables flexibility in building more than one car type.


Introducing the Global Body Line at Altona means the Camry and new Aurion can be manufactured on the same line.


A similar line was installed in 2002 at the Kentucky plant in the United States, the largest Camry manufacturing facility in the world.


The new Guangzhou Toyota joint venture in China introduced Camry production to that country with the opening in May 2006 of a new $600 million plant in Guangdong Province that is expected to produce 100,000 cars a year.


Production at the Gateway plant in Thailand, where Camry is built alongside other Toyota models, is expected to almost double to 200,000 vehicles this year as a result of an $81 million investment in plant and employees.


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TOYOTA INVESTS IN LOCAL MANUFACTURING


Toyota Australia's investment of $450 million for the introduction of the new Camry and Aurion models has resulted in production-line breakthroughs.


Most of the investment has been channelled into new and updated facilities and equipment at the company's Altona manufacturing plant in Melbourne.


It includes the relocation of the last operations from the historic Port Melbourne manufacturing site where Toyotas were produced from 1963 to 1994.


Bumper manufacture and painting has been transferred from Port Melbourne to a recently commissioned facility built at Altona using the latest injection-moulding equipment and environmentally friendly water-borne paint techniques.


Sub-assembly work, including fuel tanks, has also been moved from Port Melbourne to a new Unit Plant at Altona.


Other building work at Altona includes an extension to the Parts Distribution Centre and the creation of a new Logistics Centre to coordinate all movements within and from the site.


A major investment in the plant has been the creation of the new Global Body Line on which the bodies of the new Camry and Aurion are made.


It has been built within the plant where the discontinued Avalon assembly line was previously located.


Toyota's new Global Body Line represents a radical departure from the previous Flexible Body Line and has resulted in greater efficiency, quality and production flexibility.


Automation on the body line has increased from 52 per cent on the previous model to 72 per cent.


More than 240 welding robots are employed on the Global Body Line at Altona compared with 104 on the old line.


Toyota Australia has expanded its workforce and is still recruiting new staff to cope with the additional production volume.


Last year, Toyota commissioned more presses in preparation for the new Camry. They are among the largest presses in the southern hemisphere.


The A0 (A-Zero) Press Line, which now incorporates four of these large presses, produces all of the outer skin panels for the new car, including the entire side panel.


This side panel can be pressed in a single piece for improved quality, consistency and reduction in waste.


It was part of a $46 million press plant upgrade that also includes two new 800-tonne presses for smaller parts and the installation of five new robots.


Four new clear-coat robots have also been installed in the main Paint Shop.


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CAMRY DESIGN COMBINES VIBRANT CLARITY WITH EURO LOOK


Camry's new global design reflects the development aim of 'rejuvenation' and Toyota's overall design philosophy of 'vibrant clarity'.


'Vibrant clarity' is the design theme for Toyota's latest generation-passenger vehicles, including Yaris.


Camry's elegant exterior styling theme is 'athletic and modern', as illustrated by the new vehicle's longer wheelbase and wider track.


The new vehicle looks low and wide, with a low roof line and low sill lines, with short front and rear overhangs – to maximise the sense of proportion and visual stability (particularly when the vehicle is viewed from a distance).


The new design also influences Camry's dynamic performance, providing greater stability.


It also reduces the vehicle's polar moment of inertia and hence improves the vehicle's response to steering input, by reducing the front and rear overhangs.


In the automotive sense, low polar moment of inertia means the vehicle responds quickly to steering input.


Camry's all-new European-look interior design delivers an active and airy interior feel, with optimum space.


Toyota has moved Camry's cowl forward to create the visual perception of expanded interior space, designed a convex dash and slimmed down the seats to create a feeling of spaciousness.


The switch positioning has also been improved.


The instrument panel has a convex style that flows into the centre console.


The surface language is dynamic and crisp, with lines flowing from the dash panel to the door trims.


Toyota has paid special attention to textures and finishes, with metallic and wood-grain finishes applied to enhance visual appeal.


High-quality European-style flat woven fabrics are used, with embossed leather trim on top-of-the-range Grande.


There are three interior colour choices: Grey, Black and Grege (a combination of Grey and Ivory).


All four model grades have exclusive seat-trim textures and patterns.


Sportivo's unique interior appearance includes sports seats with Sportivo logos, black and metallic accents and alloy-look pedals and front-door scuff plates.


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ADVANCED PACKAGING CREATES ROOMIER CAMRY


Advanced packaging has given new Camry increased interior space within practically the same exterior length as the current model.


Camry's wheelbase is now 55mm longer at 2775mm while overall length has increased by just 10mm to 4815mm. Rear overhang has been reduced.


The front track is 30mm wider at 1575mm and the rear track 45mm wider at 1565mm.


The longer wheelbase and wider tracks also contribute to increased stability.


In addition, Toyota has moved the rear seat 30mm rearward and the cowl panel 75mm forward.


Moving the cowl panel has created a more spacious-looking interior, while flattening the glasshouse to create a more streamlined exterior.


Couple distance (the distance between the front and rear passenger hip points) has increased by 30mm to 970mm, for increased rear legroom and knee clearance.


Exterior width has increased by 25mm to 1820mm, to increase rear shoulder room, and the seat hip points have been lowered within the vehicle (10mm front and 20mm rear).


New Camry has significantly more front-seat fore/aft adjustment range.


It has a minimum 255mm of front-seat slide adjustment.


Front seat slide travel has been increased by 15mm for manual seats and by 20mm for power seats.


In addition to its increased interior space, Camry now has new interior comfort features.


These include all-new seat design and dual-zone auto air conditioning on Ateva, Sportivo and Grande models.


All models have power-adjustable lumbar support on driver’s side, with driver and front passenger power seat adjustment and a rear-seat centre armrest on Ateva, Sportivo and Grande model grades.


All Camry models now have Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats.


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ACCESSORIES COMPLEMENT STYLISH NEW CAMRY


New Toyota Camry customers will be able to select from a range of Toyota Genuine Accessories especially designed to add style and for personalisation of their new car.


Only Toyota Genuine Accessories are specifically designed, engineered and tested to the Toyota standards for the new-generation Camry.


The 17x7-inch Vortex-V alloy wheel is a painted metallic silver-finished six-spoke design with a powerful appearance. The wheel perfectly complements Camry’s attractive looks.


A slotted five-spoke 16x7-inch Raptor alloy wheel is also available in a painted metallic silver finish.


Both wheels feature a clear protective coating that helps protect the wheel from brake dust corrosion.


The Toyota Genuine intuitive ParkAssist reverse parking sensors are discreetly mounted in the rear bumper of the new Camry.


The four colour-matched sensors use ultrasonic technology to audibly alert the driver of approaching rear obstacles.


A stylish and subtle slimline weathershield hugs the Camry perfectly to complement the vehicle’s modern styling.


The set of four sits much closer to the car’s body than a conventional equivalent, features an elegant chrome strip, is made from tinted and UV-resistant plastic.


A standard front weathershield is also available, and both are tailored specifically for the new Camry.


A rear spoiler is another option for Camry customers looking to personalise their car.


Constructed from quality, impact-resistant plastic, the low-profile rear spoiler has enough visual presence to enhance the vehicle’s design, without seeming excessive.


Toyota Genuine headlamp covers and bonnet protector provide added protection from insects, stone chips and other damage.


Made from high-strength acrylic which is resistant to cracking and UV discolouration, these protection accessories have been specifically shaped to wrap around the Camry’s stylish contours.


Toyota Genuine seat covers are important accessories for any Camry owner.


Tailored to Camry’s seat design, these seat covers have been specially designed and rigorously tested by Toyota to ensure that they do not compromise front seat side airbag deployment – something that non-genuine seat covers cannot always boast.


Toyota Genuine carpet floor mats have been exclusively tailored to fit the contours of the new Camry to help protect the car’s floor from daily wear and tear, keeping it looking new.


Featuring stylish Camry branding, the driver’s side mat features two retaining clips for increased safety.


Specifically tailored door scuff plates are also available and feature Camry branding on a brushed stainless insert.


A rear set featuring the Sportivo logo is also available for the Sportivo grade.


With an attractive aerodynamic design and silver anodised for corrosion resistance, Toyota Genuine roof racks are compatible with most commonly available accessories (ski holders, bike carriers, luggage boxes, etc.).


Designed to perfectly fit new Camry’s roof geometry, they have been tested to Toyota’s exacting engineering and quality standards to safely carry 60kg evenly distributed and come fitted with tamper-resistant fasteners to deter theft.


Toyota has developed a towbar specifically for the new Camry.


Designed with optimal vehicle strength and safety in mind, it has a 1200kg braked capacity (500kg unbraked) with a maximum 120kg towball download and has been tested to Toyota’s engineering and quality standards to ensure durability and longevity.


The Towbar has been designed for minimal interruption to the vehicle’s clean design.


With a choice of three plug styles to suit State and Territory preferences, the Toyota Genuine Trailer Wiring Harness also features a thermal cut-out function to protect against power surges.


Toyota also has a wide range of accessories to make Camry even more comfortable and user-friendly.


Camry Altise customers can have the alternative option of a 6-in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer and radio.


The option of an easy-to-use Toyota Genuine satellite navigation audio system – with 4-in-dash MP3-compatible CD changer and radio is also available.


Either alternative is available as part of the audio upgrade program.

All Toyota Genuine Accessories purchased and fitted at the time of new vehicle purchase are warranted for three years or 100,000 kilometres from the time of new vehicle purchase, whichever occurs first.


If purchased and fitted after the Toyota new vehicle delivery and during the New Vehicle Warranty period, Accessory warranty expires with the New Vehicle Warranty, or 12 months from the date of fitting, whichever occurs last. Conditions apply.


All warranties are additional to the implied warranties under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

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CAMRY HAS NEW CHASSIS PACKAGE


Toyota Camry has a new chassis package, designed for high levels of safety, ride, handling, stability and low noise.


The new chassis package includes Active Braking with intelligence (ABi) – ABS anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) – on all models.


Camry's improved chassis dynamics are based on the new vehicle's increased body rigidity, lower centre of gravity and larger footprint on the road compared with its predecessor.


In addition, Camry has anti-vibration sub-frames front and rear.


The new body includes a reinforcing cowl front panel to increase rigidity across the front suspension towers.


The Sportivo model has a V-shaped rear brace behind the rear seat and underbody stabilising braces at the rear to ensure rear rigidity.


Camry's high body rigidity provides a stable platform for the suspension, in addition to its passive safety, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and vehicle durability benefits.


The vehicle's footprint on the road has been increased, with a longer wheelbase, and wider front and rear track.


Camry has a long-travel, coil-over suspension package with MacPherson struts and wide-based L-shaped lower arms at the front and dual link struts at the rear.


Camry's suspension has a range of advanced features, including new multi-leaf/multi-disc linear control piston valves in the dampers and a newly developed visco-elastic oil seal at the top of the damper body.


These features enable the damper to generate more linear responses, thereby improving body control, road holding and steering feel.


It also improves response to driving manoeuvres by smoothing the vehicle's response to steering input.


Camry Sportivo has the additional feature of in-built rebound springs in its damper units, provide a flat ride during cornering.


The rebound spring restrains elongation of the entire suspension unit during rebound, eliminating harsh top-out.


In normal driving, when the suspension stroke is small, it is controlled by the main coil spring to provide a comfortable ride.


However, during cornering, the inner wheels are subject to more rebound – so the rebound coil spring and the main coil spring combine to reduce elongation and improve manoeuvrability and stability.


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AUSTRALIAN SUSPENSION PART OF GLOBAL CAMRY PICTURE


Three suspension calibrations will feature on global Camry, with two developed for Australian conditions.


For the first time, Australian-inspired suspension calibrations will be used on Camry models built in overseas manufacturing plants.


Camry in Australia has a standard calibration for Altise, Ateva and Grande, and a sports calibration for Sportivo.


Under global Camry planning, Australia shares its standard Camry suspension calibration with Thailand.


The same calibration will be used for built-in-Australia models exported to the Middle East.


Toyota in the USA has a sports model, the Camry SE.


It shares the Australian-inspired Sportivo suspension calibration.


The US Camry SE model also uses the Camry global body kit, which was developed based on the success of the previous-model Camry Sportivo in Australia.


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SPORTIVO HAS UNIQUE SUSPENSION CALIBRATION


Toyota Australia has adopted a unique suspension calibration for the new Camry Sportivo.


The Australian-inspired calibration will be shared with Toyota in the USA, for its new Camry SE model.


The new Sportivo features include additional body bracing and underbody aerodynamics, as well as unique suspension hardware.


The additional body bracing includes a substantial V-shaped brace behind the rear seatback and underfloor braces.


The additional aerodynamic parts include the rear-floor undercover – which creates more downforce on the rear section of the vehicle, hence reducing the likelihood of oversteer – and a fuel tank undercover which helps speed up air flow as it moves from the front underbody section towards the rear floor cover.


Camry Sportivo's new suspension calibration has greater differentiation from the general Australian Camry calibration than the previous model.


It has unique spring, damper and stabiliser bar settings, as well as larger-diameter (17-inch) wheels and Michelin sports tyres.


The Sportivo dampers have the added feature of internal rebound springs, to increase body control and hence create a flat ride posture during cornering.


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CAMRY HAS LIGHTWEIGHT, HIGH-STRENGTH BODY


Toyota Camry has an all-new body, with increased rigidity and occupant safety.


The new, stronger body contributes to improved passive safety and handling, and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).


The highly rigid body provides a stable platform for Camry's new suspension package.


Camry's new body structure makes extensive use of high-strength steel to maximise strength and rigidity while meeting strict weight targets.


Body structure features include substantial sub-frames and a newly adopted cowl top outer panel that mounts directly to the top of the suspension towers.


Camry Sportivo has additional body bracing behind the rear seat back and under the body.


Anti-corrosion steel is used for virtually the entire Camry body, except the roof and some interior panels, to ensure longevity.


Camry models fitted with a moonroof have a unique roof panel pressed from anti-corrosion sheet steel, with the moonroof aperture created in the stamping process.


Corrosion protection measures also include PVC coating applied to the underside of the body, the rear wheel housings and other key parts.


Large rocker panel mouldings help protect the doors from possible stone chipping.


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CAMRY USES GLOBAL UNDERBODY


Built-in-Australia Camry has an all-new global underbody that provides improved ride and handling, safety and appearance.


It supersedes the Toyota Modular Platform, which was developed in Australia to facilitate manufacture of previous-generation Camry and Avalon on the same production line.


Camry's new underbody design is matched to redesigned suspension hardware front and rear.


It retains the proven Camry concept of mounting the front and rear suspension via anti-vibration sub-frames.


Camry's new body and platform design has pushed the wheels out to the vehicle's corners.


In addition to providing a longer and wider on-road footprint and increasing overall body rigidity, it creates a strong image of action when the vehicle is viewed from a longitudinal direction.


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CAMRY HAS LARGE FOOTPRINT


Toyota's new Camry has the longest wheelbase and widest track in class.


Camry's new dimensions contribute to improved ride and handling, and improved response to steering input, as well as increased interior space and visual appeal.


Wheelbase has been increased by 55mm to 2775mm, front track by 30mm to 1575mm and rear track by 45mm to 1565mm.


Overhang has been reduced at the rear to concentrate mass within the wheelbase and hence improve the vehicle's response to steering input.


In addition, new Camry is 15mm lower overall than its predecessor.


Camry's improved body rigidity, wider stance and lower overall height increase the vehicle's stability.


Camry now has a flatter ride on the road than the vehicle it supersedes.


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CAMRY HAS IMPROVED PERFORMANCE


Camry has an improved all-alloy VVT-i four-cylinder engine, which combines the economy of a four-cylinder engine with performance and smoothness.


Power has been increased by 5kW over the current-generation model, while maintaining the current model's fuel economy.


Camry now delivers 117kW of power at 5700rpm and 218Nm of torque at 4000rpm, with optimum driveability.


Camry's 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE engine has an electronic throttle for optimum throttle response and low emissions.


It has twin counter-rotating balance shafts to minimise noise and vibration.


Latest improvements include more efficient fuel injectors, a variable-back-pressure muffler, new engine-management software and revised camshaft profiles.


It offers excellent fuel economy: 8.9 litres/100km for the manual model and 9.9 litres/100km for the automatic.


Camry's 2.4-litre engine can be matched to a five-speed manual transmission or a new electronically controlled intelligent five-speed automatic transmission with a sporty, gated shift and uphill/downhill shift control.


New Camry is the first Toyota passenger vehicle offered in Australia with a five-speed automatic transmission.


The ECT's control software holds the transmission in gear rather than 'hunting' on hills.


The transmission holds a lower gear for improved acceleration up hills and more engine braking down hills.


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FIVE-SPEED AUTO FOR CAMRY


The combination of improved VVT-i, an electronic throttle-equipped engine and the Toyota U250E electronic five-speed automatic transmission gives new Camry improved driveability, acceleration feel and shift quality.


Automatic transmission is standard equipment in Camry Ateva and Grande, and optionally available on Altise and Sportivo.


The new electronically controlled intelligent transmission offers these improvements while meeting strict weight and package efficiency targets.


Toyota designers have minimised lag and shift time in the U250E transmission, all with minimal shift shock.


The U250E transmission has high-precision hydraulics, advanced solenoid valves and new electronics, for maximum shift quality.


The new Camry can be driven in conventional automatic mode with the shift lever in 'D' or in manual style using the new gate-type shift.


When using the gated shift, the transmission's electronic control unit retards the ignition during up or down changes, to ensure smooth shifting.


The intelligent control software holds the transmission in gear rather than 'hunting' on hills.


The transmission holds a lower gear for improved acceleration up hills and more engine braking down hills.


The Toyota U250E five-speed automatic transmission has ratios of: first, 3.943; second, 2.197; third, 1.413; fourth, 0.975; fifth, 0.703 and reverse, 3.145.


It is matched to a 3.391:1 final drive ratio.


Features of the U250E transmission include a super-flow torque converter, which is adopted to ensure optimum fuel economy.


It uses Toyota-developed ATF WS automatic transmission fluid to reduce viscosity and produce optimum fuel economy.


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VVT-i GIVES CAMRY ADDED FLEXIBILITY


The improved Camry 2AZ-FE engine meets Euro IV emission requirements well in advance of their mandated introduction.


Toyota's new Camry retains intelligent variable valve timing (VVT-i) for optimum driveability and fuel efficiency.


VVT-i gives Camry's improved 2.4-litre 2AZ-FE engine a combination of driveability, fuel efficiency, low emissions and performance.


VVT-i is standard equipment on the petrol engines of all Toyota imported passenger vehicles as well as RAV4, LandCruiser Prado, HiAce, HiLux and built-in-Australia 2.4-litre Camry.


It provides continual variations of the intake and overlap, to provide optimum valve engine characteristics for the full range of driving conditions.


Inlet camshaft timing is varied according to engine revolutions, throttle position, inlet camshaft angle, engine coolant temperature and intake air volume.


Camry's VVT-i system can vary inlet camshaft timing (and hence valve overlap) over a range of 40 degrees, relative to crankshaft angle.


Maximum valve overlap for the Camry 2AZ-FE engine is 46 degrees and minimum overlap is six degrees for optimum power and economy.


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CAMRY HAS INCREASED ACTIVE SAFETY


Toyota Camry has increased active safety.


Standard equipment includes upsized brake disc rotors as well as Active Braking with intelligence (AB-i), incorporating ABS (anti-skid brakes), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).


In addition, Camry has a larger footprint on the road for increased stability, a new chassis, new suspension, and larger-diameter and wider tyres.


Camry's new brake hardware includes 296mm by 28mm ventilated front disc brakes and 286mm by 10mm rear disc brakes.


Brake caliper dimensions and brake pad friction coefficient have both been increased, to optimise braking power.


Ateva, Sportivo and Grande grades have front foglamps.


Grande for the first time in a Camry model has the added active safety features of Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).


BA is designed to assist the driver in emergency braking, where the driver cannot apply the high pedal force required to obtain the shortest possible braking distance.


BA interprets a quick, hard push of the brake pedal as emergency braking.


It supplements the braking power applied if the driver has not pushed hard enough on the brake pedal.


The Toyota system measures the speed and the force with which the pedal is pushed to determine whether the driver is attempting to brake rapidly.


The system then applies additional hydraulic pressure to maximise braking performance.


The timing and degree of braking assistance are designed to ensure the driver does not discern anything unusual in the braking operation.


The system reduces the amount of assistance it provides when the driver intentionally eases the pressure on the pedal.


The Toyota BA system may help drivers avoid potential incidents.


EBD is a sophisticated electronic system designed to minimise stopping distances by maximising braking power to the wheels with the most grip.


It replaces the conventional load sensing and proportioning valve.


The system functions electronically rather than mechanically, via an algorithm in the brake system's electronic control unit (ECU).


The EBD system in Camry can adjust the fore/aft brake balance according to vehicle load and the right/left brake balance if the brakes are applied during cornering.


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CAMRY HAS ADDED PASSIVE SAFETY


Camry has an all-new body structure and increased number of airbags (standard or as options depending on grade), for increased passive safety.


Camry's new body is designed to minimise cabin deformation in front and side collisions.


The body is designed with a comprehensive strategy to act as a crumple zone and channel impact energy away from the cabin.


The cabin has been reinforced and the load paths re-engineered to reduce cabin deformation in front or side collisions.


For the first time, Camry has a package of features to reduce the chance of injury to pedestrians, including crash-absorbing brackets in the front guards.


This package includes impact-absorbing front fender brackets and a new bonnet support frame to provide uniform impact loading and reduce trauma to the head and torso of a pedestrian.


Camry's new impact-protection measures for occupants include energy-absorbing material in the door trims to reduce impact to the body in the event of a side collision.


It also has head impact protection (HIP) energy-absorbing materials in the pillars and roof side rails.


Camry's front seats employ Toyota's WIL (whiplash-injury lessening) design, to reduce the chance of neck injury in a rear-end collision.


Camry has a dual front SRS airbag system as standard equipment. The airbags have dual-stage deployment, according to accident severity.


Front-seat side airbags and side curtain-shield airbags are standard equipment on Camry Ateva, Sportivo and Grande, and optionally available on Altise.


Camry also has height-adjustable front seatbelt upper anchorages and three-point automatic locking retractor/emergency locking retractor seatbelts in all three rear-seat seating positions.


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CAMRY EMPLOYS FORMULA ONE AERO TECHNOLOGY


New Camry uses aerodynamic features inspired by Toyota's Formula One program.


Camry's aerodynamic features include an innovative stepped underbody cover to help maximise downforce on the front of the vehicle.


The underbody cover creates a venturi effect and hence a low-pressure area under the front of the vehicle to increase downforce.


Camry's underbody aerodynamics contributes to its lower drag coefficient of 0.28.


Camry has a number of individual aerodynamic underbody parts, beginning with the new stepped engine undercover.


There are fairings for the rear wheels, to direct airflow around the tyres and hence reduce drag.


Sportivo grade has the additional rear floor and fuel tank undercovers, to also increase downforce at the rear of the vehicle.


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CAMRY GRANDE HAS VEHICLE STABILITY CONTROL AND TRACTION CONTROL


Camry Grande has Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC) as standard equipment.


It is the first built-in-Australia Toyota with these active safety features.


Camry Grande has the active safety package of VSC, TRC and Active Braking with intelligence (AB-i), which incorporates ABS anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD).


VSC helps maintain vehicle stability during cornering, and TRC optimises traction when accelerating on slippery surfaces.


VSC dampens strong understeer or oversteer to help maximise vehicle stability.


The system includes a dedicated electronic control unit, which controls VSC, ABS and TRC.


VSC utilises much of the Camry Grande brake control system hardware and software.


The sensors used in the VSC system include wheel speed sensors for all four wheels, a throttle position sensor, steering wheel angle sensor, and yaw-rate and lateral acceleration sensor.


The wheel speed sensors provide information regarding vehicle speed at any given time.


The yaw-rate and lateral acceleration sensor detects the vehicle’s lateral acceleration and angular velocity of the vehicle’s rotation around the perpendicular axis.


The VSC system can identify understeer by analysing the vehicle’s actual versus target rates of yaw; the latter is a function of the steering wheel angle and vehicle speed.


By analysing the actual vehicle speed and steering wheel input, the computer can identify the appropriate curve or line the vehicle should be travelling along, which is derived using the target yaw rate.


The yaw and lateral acceleration sensor on the other hand analyses the actual yaw rate or line of travel. And if the actual yaw rate is different to the target rate, the skid control ECU recognises potential understeer.


If the car is understeering, VSC reduces throttle opening, to reduce engine output, and applies brakes to the front while and inside rear wheel to help turn the vehicle into the corner.


If VSC detects oversteer (loss of rear-wheel grip) the brakes on the outside front wheel are applied. This generates an inertial moment in the vehicle’s outward direction and hence helps dampen its tendency to oversteer.


A beeping noise is heard in the cabin when VSC is activated.


VSC has been designed as a driver aid. It works most dramatically under slippery conditions such as wet weather, but will also work in the dry.


It is not intended as a cure-all for overdriving.


Traction Control:


TRC is designed to prevent the driven wheels from slipping when accelerating on marginal traction surfaces.


It ensures the vehicle accelerates in the direction the driver intended.


Examples of marginal or dual-traction surfaces would be in winter driving conditions, on tarmac roads when rain has fallen after a prolonged dry spell and when accelerating with one side of the vehicle on a low-traction road surface, like grass or gravel.


If the skid control ECU detects wheel slippage, it reduces the engine output and also applies some braking pressure to the slipping wheel(s).


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CAMRY GRANDE HAS AUTOMATIC RAIN-SENSING WINDSCREEN WIPERS


New Camry Grande has the additional safety technology of automatic rain-sensing windscreen wipers.


It is the first Toyota vehicle built in Australia with this feature.


The rain-sensing wiper system automatically establishes wiper speed, including intermittent wiper interval.


It is designed to increase convenience and reduce potential driver distraction.


The rain sensor consists of a light-emitting diode (LED) that emits infrared rays and a photo diode that receives those rays.


The sensor is attached to the windscreen and located behind the interior mirror.


The detection method is based on the infrared rays that are reflected by the windscreen glass.


If no raindrops are present, all the infrared rays from the LED are reflected to the photo diode.


If raindrops are present in the detection area, the difference in refractive indices of the glass and the area above the windshield changes and a portion of the emitted infrared rays penetrate the windscreen, reducing the amount of rays received by the photo diode.


In addition to detecting rain, the system varies wiper speed according to the volume of rain.


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CAMRY IS NOW QUIETER INSIDE


Toyota's new Camry is significantly quieter inside, for increased interior comfort.


It was designed for reduced wind, engine and road noise.


Camry's noise reduction strategy begins with an all-alloy engine equipped with twin balance shafts, and a highly rigid body.


Wind noise countermeasures have aided in the reduction of the vehicle's coefficient of drag to just 0.28.


Toyota has also minimised road and wind noise for increased comfort and to reduce driver fatigue.


Wind noise reduction measures include streamlining the joins between the bonnet and windscreen glass, and between the windscreen glass and the roof to reduce turbulence.


The cowl panel has a rubber cowl seal and the bonnet side has large rubber seal to eliminate turbulence.


In addition, Toyota has paid special attention to the front door weather strip at the A-pillar, with a solid structure to block any airflow at the front corner of the weather strip.


A foamed resin seal prevents air from blowing through the panel clearance gap between the front fender panel and the side-member outer panel.


A flexible resin parting seal eliminates turbulence between the front and rear doors.


Sound-absorbing and vibration-damping features include a floor tunnel inner silencer, hood silencer, dash outer silencer and a lightweight dash inner silencer.


In addition, new Camry has non-woven felt rear fender liners, to minimise grit, water and road noises.


Toyota has made extensive use of sound-absorption and sound-insulation asphalt sheets on the vehicle floor, to reduce road noise.


These features are designed to absorb sound and prevent sound reverberation within the cabin.


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CAMRY AUDIO HAS PSYCHOACOUSTICS


All new Camry audio systems have psychoacoustic technology.


Psychoacoustics can be defined as the subjective effect sound has on those who hear it.


It is designed to simulate strong bass playback, which spreads throughout the cabin and across the volume spectrum.


The heavy bass playback creates the aural illusion of having a subwoofer in the vehicle.


Sound from the speakers, mounted in the trim of the front doors, seems to the listener to come from a position in front of the driver and front passenger – thereby enhancing the audio experience.


Camry has the choice of three audio systems, according to equipment grade. Furthermore, all variants now have an integrated audio facia design.


All three systems are CD-equipped and MP3/WMA-compatible with text display during playback.


They also have a new Digital Signal Processor (DSP), Automatic Sound Leveliser (ASL) and digital processing in the radio tuner, for an enhanced audio experience.


Camry Altise has a four-speaker audio system with AM/FM tuner, single CD player and large LCD display.


Ateva and Sportivo grades have six-speaker audio system with AM/FM tuner, 6-in-dash CD multi-changer and large LCD display.


Camry Grande has six speakers, with AM/FM tuner, 4-in-dash CD multi-changer combined with DVD satellite navigation and Bluetooth hands-free mobile telephone connectivity.


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SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES


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